MIJ tele bridge question

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  1. BlackieBlues

    BlackieBlues TDPRI Member

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    I’m looking at a MIJ tele with an “O” and 6 digits serial on the back of the neck which I know means its production was ‘93-‘94.
    The bridge plate however has a stamp of A055779. What does the represent? What is the A? Does this number have any meaning at all?

    Thanks!


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  2. Vibrolux59

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    An interesting question I've never seen two different serial numbers on an all original guitar. I have '62 RI A012947 on bridge plate no numbers anywhere else on the guitar.
     
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    The A + 6 digits is a mid 80's serial number
    unless it is a crafted in japan 97-98
     
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    The A plate means nothing as far as dating you need to go of the other serial number and pots, they used those A plates for about a decade(or more?).

    I recently did a thread about before I knew this fact I bought an A serial paisley hoping it was an 85 (different features) and it turned out to have a 88 dated neck
     
  5. BlackieBlues

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    Ok so what does that mean then?


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  6. BlackieBlues

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    So does that mean, Fender Japan got those plates from Fender USA? Maybe Fender USA had left overs?


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    Sorry if my explanation was confusing.

    The A serial plate are mij and only on mij the guitar I referenced was a mij paisley.
    Mij started using the A serial bridge plate around 1985 I believe and if you look at the serial number data base I think it says mij A serial numbers are 85-86.
    This is incorrect as you can find them up into the late 90s crafted in Japan era.

    Therefore the A serial number bridge has no bearing on when a guitar was actually made.
    I like to think of it as like the original 50’s bridge plates that were picked out of a bin in no particular order. Except with the Japanese it was in the 80 and 90s. And their bin was bigger.
    I don’t know how it happened that they had so many made up.

    The O serial number you have is probably when the guitar was actually produced

    If the instrument is crafted in Japan with an A serial they were made in 97-98 but I don’t think that’s based on the bridge plate but the stamp on the back of the neck
     
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  8. BlackieBlues

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    Got it thanks! It’s actually a MIJ not CIJ so it should be a ‘93-94’, as I figured.

    Thanks for the helpful info!


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